Connecticut Land
Conservation Council      

January 16, 2015

In This Issue
Executive Director's Message
2015 CT Land Conservation Conference Updates
State News
News from the Land Trust Alliance
Upcoming Events/Training Opportunities
Funding Opportunity
Connecticut Land Trusts in the News
Please support CLCC!


About CLCC    

The mission of the CT Land Conservation Council is to advocate for land preservation, stewardship and funding, and ensure the long term strength and viability of the land conservation community.


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January 20
Info Session:  DEEP Open Space & Community Garden Grant Programs
Yale FES
New Haven, CT

January 31
CFPA Winter Trails Workshop
9:00am - 12:30pm
Rockfall, CT

February 3
NRCA Webinar

March 21
31st annual
CT Land Conservation Conference
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
On-line registration opens next week!

Steering Committee

Alicia Sullivan, Chair

Trust for Public Land

Tim Abbott

Litchfield Hills Greenprint

David Bingham

Salem Land Trust

Sandy Breslin

Audubon Connecticut

David Brown

Middlesex Land Trust

Margot Burns

Lower CT River Council of Governments

Kevin Case

Land Trust Alliance

Eric Hammerling

Connecticut Forest & Park Association 

Mary-Michelle Hirschoff 

The Garden Club of New Haven

Elaine LaBella 

Housatonic Valley Association 

Connie Manes

Kent Land Trust  

Elisabeth Moore

Connecticut Farmland Trust

Shirley Nichols

Darien Land Trust  

Tom ODell

CT Association of Conservation & Inland Wetland Commissions

Catherine Rawson

Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust

David Sutherland 

The Nature Conservancy

Humphrey Tyler

Lyme Land Conservation Trust




Amy B. Paterson

Executive Director


Cristina Gastador

Communications Coordinator

























































































Executive Director's Message

Introducing Juan Martinez

What's your motivation for supporting land conservation? 

For most of us, the passion we feel for conservation is deeply rooted and often relates to a connection to nature developed in childhood. 

But what about today's generation?  How do we ensure kids today acquire an appreciation of nature and develop an environmental ethos?

Introducing Juan Martinez, 2015 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference Keynote Speaker

Juan Martinez empowers a worldwide youth movement to connect children with nature, attract young leaders to conservation, and help transform lives in disadvantaged communities. Thanks to his high school science teacher, he was dissuaded from joining a gang and joined the school's Eco Club instead. That decision sparked his love for nature, and today he spearheads the Natural Leaders Network of the Children and Nature Network. 

Join us on March 21 to hear Juan deliver the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference keynote, Building a Community that Cares about Land Conservation over Generations; and prepare to be inspired!

See you on March 21, if not before.

With best regards, 



CLCC Annual Conference Updates
Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:30am - 4:45pm, followed by post-event reception
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
On-line registration opens next week!

2015 Highlights!
  • 8 Subject Matter Tracks - featuring 30 workshops and 3 half-day seminars.  Click HERE for Workshop & Seminar Descriptions
  • Excellence in Conservation Awards - recognizing outstanding achievements by organizations and individuals. Award nominations are due February 9. Click HERE for nomination instructions.
  • Exhibits and Displays - from land trusts, conservation partners, service providers, businesses and other sponsors.  Click HERE for information on sponsorship opportunities, including a new category for Conservation Service Providers.  
  • Post-Conference Reception - an informal evening of socializing, networking and taste testing of Connecticut grown refreshments
State News 

2015 Legislative Session Underway - CLCC Sets its Conservation Agenda
State and federal policy has a big impact on conservation in Connecticut. Every year, the Connecticut Land Conservation Council sets an agenda for issues it will focus on during the legislative session. Grassroots membership support and participation is crucial for the success of the agenda. Click HERE to view CLCC's 2015 Conservation Agenda. Contact CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson if you have any questions and to learn more about how you may get more involved with our conservation policy work.
CT CEQ Submits Legislative Recommendations to Governor Malloy
From CT Council on Environmental Quality
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has submitted its legislative recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. The recommendations, which include increased funding (capital and operational) for open space conservation and farmland preservation and a constitutional amendment to better protect public lands, may be found on the CEQ website HERE.
News from the Land Trust Alliance


Be a Rally 2015 Presenter! 
The Land Trust Alliance is now accepting proposals for instructors on land conservation and related issues, as well as those with a unique land trust experience. Rally 2015 will be in Sacramento, CA October 8-10. 
Proposals  are due February 23, 2015. Click HERE for more information and to submit your proposal.

Upcoming Events/Training Opportunities

Info Session:  DEEP's Open Space and Community Garden/Urban Green Grant Programs

Grab a brown bag lunch and join us on January 20 to learn about DEEP's Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWA) Grant Program & Urban Green/Community Garden Initiative.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

12:00 - 2:00pm

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Sage Hall Room 24

205 Prospect Street

New Haven, CT 06511

A Bridgeport Community Garden
Photo Credit:  Bob Halstead

Please join the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, the UCONN Extension Sustainable Food Systems and Master Gardener Programs for a public information session featuring staff from DEEP's Office of Constituent Affairs/Land Management. Information will be provided about eligibility for both programs and the items needed to submit a complete application.   Click HERE for further information and to RSVP.


Kick Off 2015 with Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) for an Exciting Free Webinar  
Join the Natural Resources Conservation Academy for its first Webinar of the 2015 UConn CLEAR webinar series: Getting Young Scientists Involved in Local Environmental Projects that Benefit CT Communities on February 3, 2015 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. UConn's NRCA is a new program engaging high school students in land use and natural resource conservation. Visit the NRCA website for more details and information on other upcoming webinars. Click HERE to register.

The Alliance Provides 2015 Webinar Schedule and Exclusive All-Access Savings Pass
From The Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance has now made available their full webinar listings and descriptions for 2015. Webinars for this month include themes of strong organizations, stewardship and communications. The Alliance is also providing an all-access webinar pass for land trusts. Gain access to three free webinars with the purchase of 17 - a savings of $165! Click HERE to purchase the savings pass.  

CFPA Winter Trails Workshop
CFPA Headquarters (16 Meriden Rd., Rockfall, CT) -- January 31, 2015 -- 9:00am - 12:30pm 
All are welcome!

Join CFPA for its annual winter trails workshop.  This workshop will give trail volunteers, land stewards, town managers and parks & rec personnel a solid introduction to sustainable hiking trail design & layout, trail tools and equipment, trail funding and trail blazing. Meet other trail enthusiasts, learn new skills and advance your own understanding of best practices in trail stewardship.  For more information and to register click HERE.
Funding Opportunity
Deadlines Approaching for Regional Conservation Partnership Innovation Fund Programs 
From Highstead

The Jessie B. Cox Trust has established the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Innovation Fund as part of its final three-year legacy program. This incredible opportunity demonstrates the growing acknowledgment of the important role of RCPs in achieving collaborative conservation throughout New England. The RCP Innovation Fund has two programs: The RCP Innovation Grant Program and The Donated Land and Easement Grant Program. Grant proposals for the RCP Innovation Grant Program are due by 6pm on February 20, 2015. Grant pre-proposals for the Donated Land and Easement Grant Program by 6pm on February 20, 2015. Full proposals will be by invitation only and will be due by 6pm on May 1, 2015.

The Cox Trust will hold an informational call on Friday, January 23 at 11:00. Participation is not required. Contact Katy Fyrberg at to RSVP by noon on Thursday, January 22. Visit the Jessie B Cox Trust website for more detailed information.  
Connecticut Land Trusts in the News
Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition Receives Grant
From the Fairfield County Community Foundation

As reported last month in the Danbury News Times (December 27, 2014), the Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition, an alliance of land trusts which includes the Bethel Land Trust, Brookfield Open Space Legacy, Inc., New Fairfield Land Trust, Newtown Forest Association and Land Conservancy of Ridgefield, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to coordinate sharing of back-office services on a regional basis. The Land Trust of Danbury will be lead agency for the project.   Congratulations!

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Contact Information 
Amy B. Paterson, Executive Director
CT Land Conservation Council
c/o CFPA
16 Meriden Road
Rockfall, CT  06481

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